CWB Annual Back-to- School Jamboree, Another Successful Collaboration
Members of the Claude W. Black Community Center Advisory Board and H-E-B volunteers during the 12th Annual Back-to- School Jamboree held at the Claude W. BlackCommunity Center, Aug. 11. Photo by: Edward Jones
SAN ANTONIO – The Claude W. Black Community Center Advisory Board, in cooperation with healing souls, Inc., and the Councilman’s Office of District 2, held its annual Back-to-School Jamboree at the Claude W. Black Community Center, Aug. 11.
The organizations, with assistance from community partners, corporate entities, community members and volunteers, distributed more than 700 backpacks filled with school supplies to local students.
Lawrence Tucker, advisory board president, was thankful for all the assistance.
“Without the support of community and corporate sponsors, in addition to our dedicated volunteers, this event would not have been possible,” said Tucker. “We are fortunate to be able to rally people together to provide some assistance to the children and families in the area.”
In addition to each school-age-child receiving school supplies, their families visited with more than 40 vendors which provided them with free resource information on various community, health, and financial programs.
Renalda Sledge of San Antonio was present with her granddaughter to receive a backpack.
“Events like this help parents a lot economically, because many may not be able to afford school supplies,” said Sledge. “This was awesome because it was for the kids.”
Additionally, Sledge stated that the community should take advantage of opportunities which the Claude W. Black Community Center and its supporters provide.
The Office of District 2 Councilman William “Cruz” Shaw played a significant role in the success of the annual event.
“Supporting the 12th Annual Back to School Jamboree was incredibly important to us, as it’s about more than just preparing our children for the school year, but also about connecting our families to various resources and community groups,” said Shaw. “We provided and filled backpacks for students, and our District 2 Team was involved every step of the way in collaboration with the Claude W. Black Community Center Advisory Board to ensue this event was successful.”
Before being handing their backpacks, the children and their families were treated to a hotdog luncheon served by the volunteers of H-E-B and the Claude W. Black Community Center Super Seniors.
“It’s important for our community to see the true collaborative spirit of our organizations, but more importantly, we want to make sure our residents are connected to as many resources as possible,” said Shaw.
Special thanks to the following major sponsors and organizations: Office of District 2 Councilman William Shaw, H-E-B, healing souls, Inc., Amerigroup, Wells Fargo, Frost Bank, Aetna, Kiolbassa, Popeye’s Chicken, Coca-Cola Co., the RK Group, Sea World, San Antonio Code Enforcement, Noble Gentlemen of San Antonio, San Antonio Zulu Association, 19th Masonic District, Moussa Temple No. 106, RBK Architects, Navy Recruiting District San Antonio, and numerous others.
The Claude W. Black Community Center is a staple on San Antonio’s Eastside and offers programs to assist community members in need.
The Back-to-School Jamboree, along with others events hosted throughout the year, is the center’s way of accomplishing its mission of enhancing life, one family at a time.
For more information on programs offered, call (210) 207-5236, or visit their Facebook page: Claude W. Black Community Center Advisory Board.